Ministry of Communications to set MVNO fees if companies can’t agree

28 Apr 2009

According to Globes Online, Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) will be able to set the fees that mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) pay network operators for hosting their services should negotiations between companies fail. The MoC has published a hearing that states that companies looking to set up MVNO operations have up to six months to negotiate the terms for hosting with a prospective network operator. In the event that the two companies are unable to agree on a price the MoC will investigate to ascertain whether the reason for the failure is anti-competitive conduct. Should the regulator decide that anti-competitive issues have prevented an agreement it can order the opening of the network to new players, and will set the fees paid. It is understood that operators including 012 Smile.Com, HOT-Telecommunication Systems and MIRS Communications are interested in setting up MVNO operations.

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